By Francis Allan L. Angelo

FLOODS continue to hound President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo even in Iloilo City.

Portions of Jaro district went under water Wednesday morning after the Jaro River overflowed due to heavy rains in Iloilo province since Tuesday evening.

The water level of the Jaro River peaked at 5.5 meters past 8am yesterday, enough to inundate Brgys. San Isidro, Tacas and Tabuc Suba in Jaro.

The Iloilo City Crisis Management (ICCM) team sent a flood alarm around Jaro district by dispatching fire trucks blaring horns.

Engr. Jose Papa, ICCM head, said heavy rains in the towns of Maasin and Alimodian raised the water level of the Jaro River which serves as the outlet of the Tigum and Aganan Rivers.

The flood occurred when Mrs. Arroyo left the flooded Metro Manila area for Iloilo City to attend the start of the canonization process of Mother Rosario Arroyo de la Visitacion in Molo Catholic church.

The President and her husband, First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo, attended a mass officiated by Jaro Archbishop Angel Lagdameo and five other priests.

Mother Rosario Arroyo de la Visitacion is a great-grand aunt of the First Gentleman and the Foundress of the Dominican Sisters of the Most Holy Rosary in the Philippines.

The Central Philippine University and elementary and high schools in the flooded villages cancelled their classes as flood waters rose.

The flood receded around noon when the President went back to Metro Manila.

During her visit to Iloilo last July, President Arroyo experienced the so-called “abortion roads” in the second congressional district under the jurisdiction of Rep. Judy Syjuco.